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>> it is time once again for "good day street talk." antwan lewis reporting. here's what we're working on today, teens making a difference. one jewish organization providing teens with leadership and advocacy through community service. and a little bit later, office by day and stage by night. some new york city business professionals volunteering their time in the theater simply as a way to give back. but first, we're talking about female entrepreneurs oz on the rise. jessica formosa caught up with one businesswoman in the bronx where women entrepreneurs are growing faster than any other borough. >> between 2007 and 2012, companies owned by women here in the bronx increased by 53%. bernadette lam boy is a perfect example.
states when she was 8. >> debt grew up in the -- bernadette grew up in the bronx. she wasn't always surrounded by these children every day. in 2004 her position was eliminated with the fdny. >> i have a disabled child, he's autistic. i wanted to spend more time with her. >> she decided to be her own boss and opened up the happy goop family daycare. lamboy started with 10 children and now she has 26 kids in her daycare program and also runs this after school program just down the block. >> i've had my challenges. i started with nothing. >> she is one of many women who have become entrepreneurs here in the bronx. a study from the center of urban future found that the number of women entrepreneurs increased in every borough, but female-owned businesses grew at a greater rate in the bronx. >> the bronx have a higher proportion of female residents than any other borough. 54% of all the people living in the bronx over the age of 18 are women.
many of these women lost their jobs and took a chance to open something of their own. >> a lot of them are former or entrepreneurs, they've been unemployed or underemployed for a long time, and they've seen entrepreneurship as a path forward, as a way to put food on the table and to get ahead. >> after i opened my business, i have helped many, many women in the bronx open their own business in the same field. >> lamboy is very proud to be a businesswoman here in the bronx, she's even planning on opening up another daycare very soon, and it's going to be right here right here in her borough. in the bronx, i'm jessica formosa, fox 5 news. >> now the 2015 state of women-owned businesses report says that the number of women-owned firms is increasing at a rate one-and-a-half times the national average. and here to talk more on this is barbara armand, president and ceo of the armand corporation which you just told me is based right here in new york, which is what you like. >> that's right. >> how'd you get started, ms. armand? >> i got started 25 years ago, actually, working out of my
and then i expanded from there, went into an office and took it from there. but i was a one-person company for a long time. >> now, tell us about the armand corporation. what business industry is that you are doing? >> i'm a construction manager x that means that i supervise construction. i'm the owner's eyes and ears for construction projects whether it's in transportation, school construction, stadiums, power plants, tunnels. we've basically done it all. >> now, we understand you spent four years working the graveyard [laughter] at a nuclear plant in arizona? >> that's right. as a matter of fact, that was my first job. i was a co-op student at arizona state university. >> asu? okay. tempe. >> that's right. and the national society of black engineers approached me to serve as a co-op at this nuclear power plant. it was a plant of 5,000 people.
have been four of five african-americans and about ten women on site doing technical engineering construction management work. >> clearly, it's a boys' business. just tell me about the challenges you faced as a woman, you know, making your mark in a male-dominated industry, i think it's fair to say. >> well, there were many challenges. at first it was me feeling comfortable with going into a room networking with a room full of men. i would usually be the only woman. there were challenges with finances. i had a real problem for the first three years of getting a bank to finance my business. and then there were challenges with being a mother, raising my daughter and making sure that i had the balance between the business and raising my daughter. >> when you decided to step out on your own, you know, just how long had you contemplated the decision? you clearly had a background, you know, in working in a
shifts, but when you decided, you know what? i want to start my own business, how long did you think about it? >> well, it was sort of like a progression. at first it was working as a contractor, you know, call it 1099 contractor. and then from there that's when i decided i would be better branching off on my own. and that progression took about three years. but i felt that -- i knew that i always wanted to be a leader. i knew that i had more to offer. i knew that i would, i had a good touch with people and directing them and consensus builder. i always felt that i did well at that, and people told me that i did. so that's why i had it in my head for a long time. it's just a matter of, you know, to implement it and making it happen. >> when you look around and see and have conversations with other women, you know, of whatever age, you know, trying to decide if they should move
and aspirations of this, what advice is it that you are saying, ms. armand, you know, given your expertise and your background? >> well, the advice is that you're going to have a lot of problems. if you're a woman in business, you're starting out on your own, if you have children, you're married, you have to take care of, you know with, your children whether your husband is involved in business or not. you have to do that work/life balance between a business and being a wife and mother. then there are times where you will be, you'll get sick. there are things that come up. there are all sorts of challenges that happen. i always say that a woman's career is bookended. at first there's, you get into a career and you have childcare and child rearing if you want children. and then on the opposite end when you get your career going and there's momentum and then you're being promoted or your
opposite end is caring for aging parents, and that's generally the woman who does it. so our careers are bookended with child rearing and then, later on down the road, potentially caring for aging parents. >> a lot of women particularly in this industry, in broadcasting, were so focused on the career that they set aside, you know, the maternal instincts and the desire to have children only to realize, you know, it was a little bit too late, that window had closed up. a number of friends, you know, colleagues that dealt with that. >> yeah. >> was that an easy decision for you to make, that you knew you wanted to be your own woman? >> well, i was a mom early on, at 19 years old. i had my daughter then. so when i started my company, my >> okay. >> so, but 14, you know, is a very, you know, that's an age that you really have to watch them, be there for them, listen to them.
growth of the business, because i wanted to take care of my daughter. i couldn't just go out and do all the things i wanted to do because i had my daughter. she always came first. so i had to care for her. >> we understand also that when you first started your business, that one of the things that some are saying now helped contribute to your success was you took the jobs that everybody else passed on. is that correct? >> that's right, that's right. my first job, at first i had my business down in cherry hill, new jersey. >> okay. >> my first job was in philadelphia, the old jfk stadium. they wanted it demolished because they wanted to put up the new stadium that the 76ers play in right now. >> okay. >> so they called on a number of firms who didn't want the job because it was high risk, and then they called me. [laughter] and i was the new business out there, but they said we're just going to run this by you, what do you think? and by the way, many firms have
understand if you say, no. i said, yes, i'll take the job, because i needed it. i needed that job in my portfolio. and it was high risk, and if it was successful -- which i knew it had to be -- then that would really count toward my credibility as a good business owner, a person that did a good job. so i took that job, and there were no incidents as far as safety. we had problems with union labor, but that was -- had nothing to do with me. that was the client, the city of philadelphia. but there were challenges on that project. but it went off without a hitch as far as safety and bringing the building down. >> is that when you said, hey, maybe i'm on to something here? [laughter] >> yes. i started getting a bit excited. >> awesome. >> after that project, other projectings. but it was piecemeal work at first. i mean, a job would start, and it would take about three months to complete it.
would start, i would quickly try to find another one because i knew that one would be over soon. so the marketing was full time. but the jobs were piecemeal. it was two months here, three months there, six months there. so it wasn't enough really to carry me financially. >> you talk about bookending, so last question i want to ask you, there are a number of women watching us right now, you know, and you touched on it just a couple of questions ago, but i want to give you the final word on it too. whatever woman is out there looking right now and, you know, has these dreams and wants to be a barbara armand whether it's in construction, their own daycare or something, the one piece of advice that you want to make sure you drive home to that woman that's looking. >> don't give up. if you want to do it, do it. you may have naysayers around you, you may not have exactly 100% of family support, but just stay with it, stick with it. focus and do it. >> representing the men -- i think we're going to borrow some
we come back. >> j-teen leadership is inspiring jewish teens to make a difference through community service while also taking on important issues. iowa viva perlman is the leadership coach, she's here with jordyn glantz, ethan afran and hannah malter. we are taping this show on a wednesday in recognition of the
first question to you, ma'am, is explain to us what j-teen leadership is. >> it's a community service initiative based in westchester, new york, that is teen-led -- [laughter] with some of these fine teens here, and offers leadership development, social action, philanthropy, advocacy and service opportunities made for and with the teens. >> the issues that they focus on, or that you all focus on, just share with us some of the ones that you do. >> what's really interesting is we're an a la carte kind of organization, and teens come with all different interests. so we are interested in homelessness, in elderly care, in mental health, in regular health. sky's the limit really. and westchester is full of services and osar toes that need -- organizations that need our help. >> so, jordan, what inspired you to join? >> freshman year i went on a service trip to oklahoma where we helped in the city, we did
was helping rebuild some houses, and just from there i felt really inspired to help my community and just to help everyone around me because, obviously, we were in oklahoma which was such a random place to be from westchester. but i just loved the fact that i was helping people that really needed help, and i just felt like i was a teen, but i could really make a difference. >> now, i saw you, ethan, nodding your head when she was talking about helping, like, seniors and that sort of thing. what was your inspiration to join? >> yeah. for me, i've always wanted to help make the world a better place in any way that i can, and i really want to make the most of these years. as aviva said, we have a lot of opportunities to make an impact and a lot of issues we can help try to change. for me, i started out two years ago with our major event, our largest event of the year, j-serve, in which we were dealing with literacy, advocacy in yonkers.
school speak mainly spanish, and we were helping them learn english and helping them with the reading which is crucial for development later on in life. it just feels great when we help them out and become better. it's amazing. >> hannah, how cool is it, you know, just to be with your friends and knowing you're actually giving back, you know, to the community? >> it's an amazing feeling. i came in to j-teen not knowing anyone, actually. my cousin had done it and encouraged me to give it a try. i've made some of the best friends i have today. everyone there wants to give back to the community, wants to do something good, and those are the best people, in my opinion, to surround yourself with. it's amazing knowing, yes, i'm just a kid, but my actions have, you know, a really great, positive impact, and i'm changing the world today with my friends. >> okay. well, before we go, i want to ask you just tell me how have you changed? hannah, i'm going to start with you because she said she didn't have any idea, but how have each
a part of j-teen? >> i think i've definitely developed as a person, as a leader. i'm definitely more comfortable now, you know, getting in front of people leading and inspiring other teenagers so really they'll make a difference and follow their passions. i think what's really amazing about j-teen is we're able to express our passions and really fight for causes that, you know, resonate with us. i've definitely developed as, you know, as a leader and as a person, and it's been a great experience so far working with j-teen. >> okay, ethan. >> yeah. for me i've really made some great connections with people i've helped and with a lot of friends of similar interest in making the world better and trying to solve some local issues and issues nationally and far away. and i think that i have really grown and became better at expressing what i want to do and expressing what i feel should be done about certain things as becoming a leader. and i think that, you know, as throughout, like, my years of
like an issue, and i'd think what can we do to make this better and improve it for the future. >> jordyn? >> for me personally, i started as a really quiet kid. i didn't like speaking in front of people. i had a hard time reaching out and making new friends because i was comfortable with the friends i was in. and then j-teen helped me branch out, meet all these people i've never met before who i never would have met and also just speaking in front of people and becoming a leader, because before then i had never really had the opportunity to really learn what it's like to lead or plan an event. so the u.s. made me come out of my -- it's made me come out of my shell. >> aviva, are all of the folks like this, pretty much? >> yeah. >> you've got a good bunch. [laughter] >> yeah, we're very lucky. anyone wanting information,
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so a 9 year old girl from brooklyn doesn't have to dream about being a writer, she's already a published author. lidia curanaj shows us the inspiration behind her book. >> flying cut is the is a national park. visiting the zoo -- >> this girl is reading "the day mohan found his confidence." >> well, it is one of my favorites. >> there's a really good reason it's one of her favorites. the 9-year-old wrote the book all by herself. >> my book is about a young boy named mohan who experiences many challenges both at home and school, and it talks about how he overcomes those challenges and how he learns that with help from his friends and family, he can overcome any challenge.
published author in u.s. history to write a chapter book. her mom says she always knew her daughter was special. >> before she could even speak, she was trying to read. she was very upset because she couldn't read at 2 years old, and she was trying to convince my husband that, you know, help me to read, how do i read? and he was teaching her how to put the words together to read. and she learned to read fluently at 2 years old. >> while she's clearly not your average fourth grader, she loves to play with her dolls almost every day, hang out with her family and play sports; specifically karate and soccer. >> my favorite sport is soccer. i play currently with a league in long island. my dad has always encouraged me to play sports and be fit and to have balance. >> she's already working on her second book. she also dreams of being a teacher and, most importantly, an inspiration to others.
performing on stage and >> our next story gives new meaning to volunteering. a group of new york city professionals performing celebrated musical numbers for audiences throughout our area, and it's all for a good cause. they are known as the blue hill troupe, and here to tell us all about it, win rutherfurd, david lowe by and sara moulton faux. give us the background on blue hill troupe. >> well, the troupe was founded in 1924 in blue hill, maine, hence the name. but two years later the founders decided to move it to new york
and we've been doing theatrical productions, primarily gilbert and sullivan, for the benefit each year of a different charity. >> all these years? >> all these years. and i've actually been a member for half the life of the organization to. i've been a member for 46 years, and the organization is 92 years old. >> you must have been a kid when they got you -- [laughter] >> very small. >> is it tough to get the business professionals, you know, just knowing any occupation in new york city is always demanding, you know? is it easy or tough to get them to join the troupe? >> well, it's hard, but the rehearsals are primarily concentrated on weekends because most of us have a day job. so they try and keep the weeks as free as earning a living as possible. >> all right. so, sarah, you're a mom, and how tough is it for you to balance this as well as being a performer? >> i think the troupe is a wonderful place for both professionals or mothers or professional performers.
and tuesday nights, sometimes sundays, so i've found that it's a great outlet for my creativity and also to meet other creative individuals who want to give back to the community as these performs are for charity. >> sir, mr. loewy, you went the professional route, but was being a performer something you considered at one point, and this is now an outlet for you to get your baritone out? >> i do. it's very much a good counterbalance to having my very concentrated public service day job. but this is, you know, it's always been a part of my life to be a performer, to be a singer especially. and i still maintain some other theatrical pursuants on -- pursuits on the side. this one is so conveniently situated that i don't have to make sacrifices to the rest of the convenient parts of my life that i'm able to just show up and perform. it's great. >> now, win said you all do mostly gilbert and sullivan,
the piece you're going to be performing. >> the one we have this season is eye land today, the show is about a competition of wills between a group -- the house of peers and a bunch of fairies. the song that we're going to be singing is if we're weak enough to tarry, it's the romantic duet from the second act where we have figured out that we should just hurry up and get married, or we might change our minds. >> all right. can't wait, phyllis. [laughter] but before that, let me say good-bye to everyone. to the learn more, go to fox5ny.com and click on the public affairs tab. also follow us on twitter as well as like us on facebook. we're going to let them take it away, and win and i are going to step off and watch you and enjoy. have a good day. if we're weak enough to tarry
of the feelings i inspire -- [inaudible] i am sure we should not teary, we marry, you and i -- if by chance we should be parted, broken-hearted, i should fly. so i think we will not tarry and we'll marry, you and i. ah -- if we marry, you and i -- i think we will not tarry and we'll marry, you and i.
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